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Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion Paperback – November 18, 2008
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"This excellent guide teaches some of the basic forms of qigong, a traditional technique of Chinese energy movement that promotes energy and well-being. . . . A 45-minute DVD of selected exercises by Shi Xinggui is included, making this an effective tool for self-instruction." (Book News, Inc., March 2009)
"This seems to be just as much about inner peace as it is physical exercise. I have gained a new respect for the topic after watching the video. . . . If you are looking for a VERY low-impact exercise system that will, at the very least, improve your flexibility and peace of mind, pick this up and follow along." (Daily Buddhism April 2009)
"Throughout the text one becomes aware of this kind, gentle, but relentless dedication to taking the reader, trainee or initiate, to new and higher levels of achievement. At no point is there any sense of the beginner's limitations, only a sense of promise ahead and the value inherent in working towards clear goals. . . . while being a book artfully designed to meet the needs of a contemporary, pressured, and chaotic experience, Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion is also a book that is likely to introduce many to the wisdom of Buddhist spirituality and to the disciplines of perhaps today's most fabled form of martial arts." (Reg Little, New Dawn Magazine, No. 119, Mar/Apr 2010)
“The book alone will be enough for most beginners to learn the basic moves and begin practicing them right away. A marvelous bonus, however, is the DVD that accompanies the text. . . . The music, based on the pentatonic scale, is particularly soothing, adding to the sense that there is no rush, no right or wrong, and no need to fret about perfection while practicing qi gong. . . . I've tried other books and DVD courses, in the past, but none of them has given me the natural flow of qi gong. . .” (Curled Up With a Good Book, Feb 2009)
From the Back Cover
The great teacher Bodhidharma is credited with the creation of Shaolin Temple Qi Gong and kung fu in the 6th century CE. Motivated by the terrible physical condition of the monks who spent all their time meditating or copying scrolls, his two-part system promoted physical as well as spiritual fitness and became the basis for all the martial and meditative arts taught in the Temple. These ancient practices increase physical health and vitality, enhance creativity, and can be practiced well into old age.
Author Shi Xinggui, a Shaolin monk, explains the fundamental principle of Qi Gong--the art of mastering energy (qi) and moving it through the body--and provides clear demonstrations of all the positions and movements. In order to develop qi attentively, it is necessary to cultivate the art of slowness in both movement and breathwork. Xinggui provides both a short form and a long form of the daily exercises, with lessons on heart centering, organ strengthening, and balancing the energy using the three dantians--the three energy centers of the body. A 53-minute DVD of the exercises performed by the author is included.
SHI XINGGUI became a student at the Shaolin Monastery at the age of eight. His teachers there included Masters Shi De Shin, Xu Xi, De Su, and De Duzan. In 1988 the author won the National Championship title for kung fu (70-kg class) in Shaolin and again in 1993 and 1994 in Zheng Zou. He received his diploma in 1989 from Master Shi De Yuan. He now lives and teaches in Goldegg, Austria.
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And it includes a beautifully produced, high-quality DVD that allows one to follow along as the author (a humble, experienced and well-educated Shaolin monk) demonstrates all the gentle moves that comprise the 45-minute routine. The soundtrack music on the DVD is worth the price of the book/DVD alone - as it provides very inspiring yet soothing music that is the perfect accompaniment to the routine.
The first time I followed the entire routine on the DVD I just had to sit still for some time afterwards and enjoy the tremendous sense of inner tranquility these moves produce in both the body as well as the mind.
I wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer surprised that there aren't more reviews on this wonderful book/DVD.
Firstly, I am unsure what type of qi gong is intended here. Is it for health maintenance or is it for meditation? This is not clearly defined nor can I tell by the exercise. Secondly, I have no idea if this is a traditional set, or his own preferrence, for that matter, what is it known as at the Shaolin Temple or even in China!
I must add, the DVD is well laid out and matches accurately with the book. Also, his closing exercise (which by the way is only in the book and not demonstrated in the DVD), is very nice and I enjoy adding it to other exercises. Overall however, I haven't found any use for the rest of the book. Also, the introduction is not particularlly beneficial and seems to be a bit of a self-examination of the author (who by the way, is not the Shifu) personal spiritual journey and a promotion for their courses offered in Ireland. However, she does attempt to explain the internal benefits of each form taught in the book, so that is a plus.
Overall, I would suggest passing on this and opting for the more traditional Shaolin sets such as those taught in Shifu Lei's book and DVDs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Great photos and explanations of the movements. The DVD is awesome to practice with. I am at peace when doing qi gong.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
The routine that started my qi gong journey. A very energizing and meditative form. If you do it for a week, you'll feel better and that's even if you feel good now. Read morePublished 13 months ago by robert todd phillips
This book was recommended to me by my brother who was taught Qi Gong by a Chinese immigrant. I found it very useful in describing basic Qi Gong steps and they have the DVD to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by susanal
The book is good and detailed but I was expecting the DVD to have instructions on breathing, for instance, but it doesn't. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Wendel M. Dantas
Very smoothed and calmed exercices to improve your Qi but not what I expected. The exercises are very different than the indicated by Garripoli in his 2 dvds Beginning Practice,... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by ALFONSO